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CUs get in the holiday spirit
MADISON, Wis. (11/25/09)--As the holidays near, credit unions nationwide are participating in several activities to celebrate
Click to view larger image Security Service FCU recently offered a holiday card contest with the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio. Club member Kahill West, left, received a gift basket for his winning design from Molly Daniels, Security Service FCU vice president of human resources. Carlos Sifuentes (not pictured) was the other contest winner. (Photo provided by Security Service FCU)
Click to view larger image Employees of Freedom CU, Warminster, Pa., marched in the 49th annual Hatboro Holiday Parade with Dollar Dog, the credit union’s mascot. (Photo provided by Freedom CU)
Click to view larger image Medical Area FCU (MAFCU), Brookline, Mass., donated $11,000 to two nonprofits through a raffle for a Honda hybrid at the credit union. From left are Rob Kimmet, senior vice president of marketing and public relations for the Massachusetts Credit Union League; Linda Bessom, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless; Joan Kuhn, MAFCU board chair and chair of the league’s Social Responsibility Committee; Carrie Eldridge-Dickson, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program; and Russ Ward, Prime Honda. (Photo provided by Medical Area FCU)
Thanksgiving and Christmas, and to help their members and local communities. The activities range from raising money for nonprofit organizations to participating in community parades.
* Maine credit unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger presented a $1,600 check to Good Shepherd Food Bank that helped buy 256 turkeys for food pantries in the state, said the Maine Credit Union League. This is the fourth consecutive year that Maine credit unions have contributed money to help Good Shepherd provide turkeys. This year’s contribution is the largest to date. * Medical Area FCU, Brookline, Mass., raised $11,000 for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. The funds were raised through a raffle for a 2010 Honda Insight hybrid. The raffle was a joint project with the Massachusetts Credit Union League. * Security Service FCU, San Antonio, will create holiday cards based on the winning entries of a holiday card contest. The credit union gave gift baskets to the two winners--Kahill West, 14, and Carlos Sifuentes, 6--and a $1,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio. The credit union received nearly 200 entries. * About 35 Freedom CU employees and their family members marched in the 49th annual Hatboro Holiday Parade with Dollar Dog, the credit union’s mascot. The parade is the largest parade in Bucks-Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. Freedom CU is based in Warminster, Pa. * Andrews FCU, Suitland, Md., donated a computer to Operation Santa, a nonprofit organization that provides needy families with toys and clothing during the holidays. The credit union also donated money to Operation Warm Heart. The money will be used to give food baskets to 250 military families during the holidays. It also donated funds to help soldiers and their families affected by the Fort Hood shootings, which took place earlier this month. * San Mateo CU, Redwood City, Calif., is sponsoring Santa’s visit to a local mall. The credit union also will be on site with Santa to open up new credit union accounts for area residents. * Jetstream FCU, Miami, Fla., is collecting food and money at its six branches for Our Lady’s Hand Hearts Outreach Ministry, an agency of the Daily Bread Food Bank. * Pennsylvania State Employees’ CU sponsored a float Saturday in a holiday parade in Harrisburg, Pa. The float hosted representatives from two local nonprofits. Employees also escorted a Cookie Monster balloon and handed out animal crackers to the crowd. (Life is a Highway Nov. 24).
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